American roots and country musician and songwriter Pokey LaFarge’s new highly anticipated album, ‘Manic Revelations’ is due to be released May 19 on Rounder Records. Ahead of the release, the lead track from the album ‘Riot in The Streets’ recently premiered at KCMP’s The Current.
Manic Revelations was recorded in Pokey’s hometown of St. Louis in the States. It will feature 10 new songs and produced by the Southside Collective. It also features contributions from Pokey’s 6 piece band consisting of Joey Glynn, Ryan Koenig, Adam Hoskins, Matt Meyer, Luc Klein, Adam Spiegelman and David Beeman.
“The manic revelation is the state where artists create. I got to the point in writing these songs where I felt like a house on fire that just kept burning. This album is about confronting yourself. It’s about confronting your city, its relation with the world, and all its people.”
The main single ,‘Riot In The Streets’, is the first of the 10 tracks you will hear, with a lot of inspiration behind the track.
“It is a tough thing to write about, but as a citizen of St. Louis and as an artist, I had to say something. Hopefully this song does more good than bad and, ultimately, gets the dialogue started. Although it’s also important to not forget the peaceful protests and those that spread the message of love in the pursuit of justice and equality, this particular song is about people being marginalised and brought to the brink. It was only a matter of time before they fight back. I hope you feel that tension in the song—even from the first bass click.”
Since his debut in 2006, Pokey has released seven studio albums including ‘Something In The Water’ which was his last album released in 2015.
Pokey has also recently made his acting debut, starring on CMT’s new original series, ‘Sun Records’, which he plays celebrated country artist Hank Snow.
MANIC REVELATIONS TRACK LIST
- Riot In The Streets
- Must Be A Reason
- Better Man Than Me
- Bad Dreams
- Mother Nature
- Silent Movie
- Good Luck Charm
- Going To The Country
- I Will Never Change